experiential gifts

4 Reasons Why We Love Giving Experiential Gifts

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share our favourite type of gifts to both give and receive: experiential gifts!

What is an experiential gift?

An experiential gift is not a physical gift, but rather the gift of a shared experience. It could be a home-cooked, favourite meal, tickets to a favourite sports team, or a weekend getaway. We love giving them to significant others, parents, and friends. In fact, Lily and … Read the rest

online dating

What You Need to Know about Online Dating

If you haven’t tried online dating, then you probably know someone who has. In fact, approximately 1 in 3 relationships now begin online. While online dating is a great way to meet new people, it can also be time-consuming, exhausting, stressful, and negatively impact your self-esteem. Here are my tips to help you survive the world of online dating.

Be Selective with Your Dating Apps

Dating apps and their endless sea of matches make us … Read the rest

Toxic relationships lack respect, trust and communication. It can be difficult to recognize the signs. But It’s valuable to know what they are.

Unhealthy Relationships: 8 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Relationships take work. They aren’t as easy as how they are portrayed in TV shows and movies. But even when it’s hard, it has to include respect. Toxic relationships lack respect, trust, effective communication and possibly, love. In addition, they can emotionally draining. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of a toxic relationship. Sometimes, it’s harder to realize it when you’re in it. But it’s valuable to know the signs in order to … Read the rest

4 Reasons Why I Had a Long Engagement

4 Reasons Why I Had a Long Engagement

I’ve been engaged for 8 years! (I know, reallyy long engagement). We got engaged in 2009 while we were in university. We agreed to wait because we wanted to focus on our education first. Also, we didn’t feel the need to rush into marriage right away. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask me, why aren’t we married yet and what are we waiting for. Although initially, we did want to wait … Read the rest

How How I Met Your Mother Helped Me Get Through a Break Up

How How I Met Your Mother Helped Me Get Through A Break Up

We all have a favourite TV show. One that we watched religiously when it was airing and/or binge-watched in a weekend on Netflix fueled solely by Cheetos and wine (I won’t judge if you don’t). Some shows just speak to us more than others. If we find them at a definitive point in our lives, these shows can become synonymous with that moment.  For me, How I Met Your Mother is that show. It became … Read the rest

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Living Together

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Living Together

It is a huge decision to live with a significant other. It can be a wonderful experience as the next step in your relationship. Or it could highlight the differences in your personalities and lifestyles. You can learn so much from living with your significant other. People have different opinions on cohabiting prior to marriage. But I am a firm believer in the value of living together first. I can understand why people choose to … Read the rest

Don't Regret

I Hope You Don’t Regret Me Because I Don’t Regret You

Intro

Today’s post is a little different. It’s a letter to an ex that I never got to send. When a relationship ends, we are often so focused on the hurt and pain that we can’t be thankful for the good that came from the experience.  My ex may have hurt me, but I am still thankful for everything that I learned from the relationship. I in no way regret the experience.  I hope you … Read the rest

Name Discrimination

Name Discrimination

I’m Vietnamese. My last name is Nguyen. I’m an immigrant. I’ve been living in Canada since I was a toddler. I don’t have an accent. But I have experienced discrimination based solely on my name.

I remember a situation where I was in the ER, waiting in an exam room. The ER doctor came in and greeted me. I greeted him back. His response was, “Oh good, perfect English”. I was slightly taken aback as … Read the rest

5 Friends You Need in Your Life

5 Friends You Need In Your Life

You probably have a lot of friends in your life, some of whom you are likely closer to than others. You are also friends with these people for different reasons. We have (not so) scientifically determined the five types of friends that you need in your life. This is not to say that five friends is the magic number of friends because one person could fulfill all five categories or multiple people could fulfill each … Read the rest

Be okay

Be Okay with Where You Are in Life

In this day and age, we are constantly bombarded with glossy images of a better, more interesting life. We’re shown images through billboards, commercials, ads, and social media. It becomes a struggle not to have FOMO (fear of missing out). I have certainly experienced envy from time to time by seeing and hearing what others have done.

Gain perspective

Breathe. Take a step back. Everyone’s lives are different. We have our own set of goals. … Read the rest